GREENUP, Ky. — The Greenup County Health Department (GCHD) will be hosting a community blood drive from 12:30-6 p.m., in the Health Education Center.
With blood supplies remaining at critical levels, all blood types are needed. Whole blood and double red blood donations will be accepted. The American Red Cross and the Greenup County Health Department are encouraging donors to make a difference by donating blood.
Cassie Mace, RN at GCHD, and event organizer, said blood donation is a priceless gift.
“In the grand scheme of things it’s about being a small part of something very big. Giving blood costs nothing but time and the gift itself is priceless,” Mace said.
Blood donors should keep tips in mind such as eating a healthy meal, drinking plenty of water and avoiding caffeinated drinks prior to the donation appointment. Donors must be a minimum of 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and feel well prior to giving blood. A photo identification or American Red Cross donor card is required.
Paul Hunt, GCHD Public Health Services Coordinator, said there is a dire need for blood donation.
“So much of our area seems to be recovering from floods and severe storms with the possibility of more in the forecast,” Hunt said. ” Any of these devastating events can cause serious injury to many people. If there were ever a time when blood was in great demand, that time is now.”
Appointments are not required, and walk-ins are always welcome, according to GCHD officials. Appointments may be made by downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-722-2767) or contact Cassie Mace of the Greenup County Health Department at 606-473-9838.
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